"Comparative effectiveness" approach gains attention on Hill

06/9/2008 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Lawmakers and the presidential candidates are joining scientists and policy experts in looking at the feasibility of a decision-making and spending approach to health care called "comparative effectiveness" -- finding the most cost-effective treatment that gets the job done medically. Proponents say the information helps determine best practices without steering insurance coverage, but critics are concerned the approach could penalize health care providers who disagree and choose other treatments.

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